This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2017 to April 2018.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2017-2018, please consult the class search website.

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As of 2005-2006, certain course abbreviations have changed. Students with credit for a course under its former label may not take the relabeled course for credit.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

The following term designations are used:

  • 1 - Term 1 only
  • 2 - Term 2 only
  • 3 - Term 3 only
  • 1&2 - Term 1 and 2
  • 1/2 - Either Term 1 or Term 2
  • P - Phases (Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Q - Quarters (Veterinary Medicine)

The following instructional code designations are used:

  • L - Lecture
  • P - Practicum/Lab
  • S - Seminar/Discussion
  • C - Clinical Service
  • R - Reading
  • T - Tutorial

Please use the following form to look up courses and find detailed information on course prerequisites, corequisites, and other special notes. To view all 100-level courses in a subject, select a Subject Code and type 1% in the Course Number field. (200-level = 2%, etc.)


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VTPA 002.0
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VTPA GR

VTPA 346.3 — 28L-22P over Q3&Q4
Veterinary Clinical Pathology

A case-based course designed to attain proficiency in the interpretation of laboratory findings and integration of these with historical and physical findings in order to diagnose disease. The format includes self-study, interactive lectures and case discussions, and applied laboratory techniques.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Note: Students with credit for VTPA 446.2 may not take this course for credit.


VTPA 352.3 — 32L-32P over Q1&2
Veterinary General Pathology

Basic pathogenic mechanisms that underlie disease processes are discussed. Functional derangements are correlated with structural alterations. The following topics are considered: cell and tissue injury, disturbances of circulation and hemostasis, inflammation, healing and repair, immunopathology, disturbances of growth and neoplasia.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Note: Students with credit for VTPA 342.3 may not take this course for credit.


VTPA 353.5 — 57L-58P over Q2,3&4
Veterinary Systemic Pathology

The principles discussed in general pathology will be utilized in the consideration of specific diseases which affect the body systems of domestic animals. Principles of pathogenesis and diagnosis will be stressed.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Note: Students with credit for VTPA 343.5 may not take this course for credit.


VTPA 412.3 — (3L-2P)
Diseases of Poultry

Designed to provide information on the causes, signs and control of common poultry diseases for students with little or limited background in the anatomy, physiology, microbiology and pathology of the avian species. Emphasizes the effect of disease as a limiting factor in efficient poultry production and the control of disease on a modern poultry farm. Given in alternate years.

Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.


VTPA 420.1 — 20L-4P
Introduction to Fish Health

The objectives of this course are to provide an introduction to issues impacting wild and captive fish stocks globally. As well we will review some of the unique anatomical, histological and physiological attributes of fish. We will discuss the major diseases of fresh water and marine fish, both in the wild and in captivity. The students will be taught basic necropsy and diagnostic techniques employed in the investigation of fish mortalities. This course will be of interest to veterinarians planning a career in exotic pet medicine, zoological medicine, veterinary pathology, or wildlife veterinary medicine.

Restriction(s): Only open to students in the 3rd year of the D.V.M. program.
Note: This course will be an elective in year 3.


VTPA 421.1 — 12L
Veterinary Cytology

A course designed to introduce the students to veterinary cytology and will focus primarily on the types of lesions and samples that veterinarians may encounter in routine practice. The course will be taught using a body systems approach and will include lecture and virtual microscopy laboratories.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.


VTPA 431.2 — 12L-6S-6P over Q4
Poultry Disease Management

Common diseases of poultry, and food safety are discussed. Diagnosis, pathology, and disease control are emphasized.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTPA 434.1 — 15L over Q3
Introduction to Wildlife Veterinary Medicine

Introduction to wildlife health and disease with an emphasis on major wildlife disease issues in Canada and internationally and their impacts on wildlife conservation, public health and agriculture. The format will be a mix of lectures, in-class activities and student reports.

Restriction(s): Enrolment in Year 3 of the WCVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program or permission of the instructor.


VTPA 435.2
Honey Bee Diseases

To familiarize students with honey bee biology, basic beekeeping practices and the most important diseases in Canada. Certain topics will make reference to sustainable agriculture and ecosystem.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.


VTPA 810.3 — 1/2(1L-2S)
Clinical Hematology

Presented biennially in lecture and seminar format and utilizing current literature. Assigned reading, and presentation of selected hematology topics are integral to this course. Case material may be used to emphasize pathophysiologic mechanisms.

Permission of instructor required.


VTPA 811.3 — 1/2(1L-2S)
Clinical Chemistry

Presented biennially in lecture and seminar format and utilizing current literature. Assigned reading and presentation of selected clinical chemistry topics are integral to this course. Methodology and quality assurance are important components of this course. Case material may be used to emphasize pathophysiologic mechanisms.

Permission of instructor required.


VTPA 820.3 — 1/2(2S-6C)
Mammalian Pathology I

Introduces students to the gross and microscopic postmortem examination of animals and tissues submitted for diagnosis. Pathogenesis and diagnostic procedures, including a variety of ancillary tests, are emphasized. Students will participate in the prosection of submitted specimens and description and discussion of a set of histologic slides. Selected cases are discussed at bi-weekly conferences and students are expected to present seminars based on case material.

Permission of instructor required.
Note: Students take VTPA 820 to 823 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 821.3 — 1/2(2S-6C)
Mammalian Pathology II

Students will spend four months on the diagnostic necropsy service duty roster. Student are expected to complete as many cases as the supervisor deems appropriate, however, a minimum of 30 cases is required for this course. Specific readings will also be assigned. Students are expected to present seminars based on case material.

Permission of instructor required.
Note: Students take VTPA 820 to 823 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 822.3 — 1/2(1/2S-8/10P)
Mammalian Pathology III

Students will spend four months on the diagnostic necropsy service duty roster. Student are expected to complete as many cases as the supervisor deems appropriate, however, a minimum of 40 cases is required for this course. Specific readings will also be assigned. Students are expected to present seminars based on case material.

Permission of instructor required.
Note: Students take VTPA 820 to 823 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 823.3 — 1/2(1/2S-8/10P)
Mammalian Pathology IV

Students will spend four months on the diagnostic necropsy service duty roster. Student are expected to complete as many cases as the supervisor deems appropriate, however, a minimum of 50 cases is required for this course. Specific readings will also be assigned. Students are expected to present seminars based on case material.

Permission of instructor required.
Note: Students take VTPA 820 to 823 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 830.3 — 1/2(1S-6C)
Surgical Pathology I

An introductory course in examination of biopsy material. Goals will be achieved through study of a set of histologic slides that represent the most common conditions encountered in Surgical Pathology and attendance at the Surgical Pathology rounds. There is limited participation in the biopsy roster.

Permission of instructor required.
Note: Students take VTPA 830 to 833 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 831.3 — 1/2(1S-6C)
Surgical Pathology II

A course to acquire greater experience and knowledge through participation in the surgical path ology duty roster. The requirements are 4 months on the duty roster, completion of a minimum of 100 cases and participation in Surgical Pathology rounds.

Permission of instructor required.
Note: Students take VTPA 830 to 833 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 832.3 — 1/2(1/2S-2/3P)
Surgical Pathology III

The requirements for Surgical Pathology III are 4 months on the duty roster, completion of a minimum of 100 cases and participation in Surgical Pathology rounds. This may be supplemented by study of case material.

Permission of instructor required.
Note: Students take VTPA 830 to 833 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 833.3 — 1/2(1/2S-2/3P)
Surgical Pathology IV

The requirements for Surgical Pathology IV are 4 months on the duty roster, completion of a minimum of 100 cases and participation in Surgical Pathology rounds. This may be supplemented by study of case material.

Permission of instructor required.
Note: Students take VTPA 830 to 833 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 841.3 — 2(1L-1S-1P)
Toxicologic Pathology

Covers mechanisms of toxicology as well as basic pathology, focusing on several major organ systems. The students' understanding of how clinical, environmental or pharmacological toxicants damage specific organs will be supported through didactic instruction, case studies, directed readings and structured group discussion.

Prerequisite(s): VTPA 342 & 343 or equivalent, or TOX 402 & PATH 205, or permission of the instructor.
Note: Offered biennially.


VTPA 850.3 — 1/2(2/3S-10/12P)
Diagnostic Clinical Pathology I

The diagnostic clinical pathology courses, VTPA 850.3 through 853.3, involve interpretation of laboratory tests performed on blood, serum and urine specimens, and examination of blood, urine and cytology smears in order to assist in making a clinical diagnosis. Case material is supplemented with presentations, interactive discussions and directed reading.

Permission of instructor required.


VTPA 851.3 — 1/2(2/3S-10/12P)
Diagnostic Clinical Pathology II

The diagnostic clinical pathology courses, VTPA 850.3 through 853.3, involve interpretation of laboratory tests performed on blood, serum and urine specimens, and examination of blood, urine and cytology smears in order to assist in making a clinical diagnosis. Case material is supplemented with presentations, interactive discussions and directed reading.

Prerequisite(s): VTPA 850 or permission of the instructor.


VTPA 852.3 — 1/2(2/3S-10/12P)
Diagnostic Clinical Pathology III

The diagnostic clinical pathology courses, VTPA 850.3 through 853.3, involve interpretation of laboratory tests performed on blood, serum and urine specimens, and examination of blood, urine and cytology smears in order to assist in making a clinical diagnosis. Case material is supplemented with presentations, interactive discussions and directed reading. The student is expected to be able to work with increasing independence in the diagnostic laboratory over the length of this course.

Prerequisite(s): VTPA 850 and VTPA 851 or permission of the instructor.


VTPA 853.3 — 1/2(2/3S-10/12P)
Diagnostic Clinical Pathology IV

The diagnostic clinical pathology courses, VTPA 850.3 through 853.3, involve interpretation of laboratory tests performed on blood, serum and urine specimens, and examination of blood, urine and cytology smears in order to assist in making a clinical diagnosis. Case material is supplemented with presentations, interactive discussions and directed reading. The student is expected to be able to work independently in the diagnostic laboratory over the length of this course.

Prerequisite(s): VTPA 850, VTPA 851 and VTPA 852 or permission of the instructor.
Note: The student is expected to be able to work as an entry-level clinical pathologist in the diagnostic laboratory, with appropriate supervisory support, in order to take this course.


VTPA 869.3 — 1/2(1L-2P)
Avian Pathology I

Reviews the pathology of the avian species by systems emphasizing histopathology. Lectures will be supplemented by slide study sets and selected reading material.

Permission of instructor required.
Note: May be offered biennally.


VTPA 871.3 — 1/2(4C)
Avian Necropsy I

Necropsy technique of birds submitted for diagnosis of flock diseases. Suitable laboratory procedures following necropsy examination are emphasized. Treatment and control of flock diseases encountered are discussed. Selected cases are presented and discussed by students at the weekly necropsy conferences of the department. To obtain 3 credit units the student will be required to complete approximately 30 cases.

Permission of instructor required.


VTPA 872.3 — 1/2(4C)
Avian Necropsy II

Necropsy technique of birds submitted for diagnosis of flock diseases. Suitable laboratory procedures following necropsy examination are emphasized. Treatment and control of flock diseases encountered are discussed. Selected cases are presented and discussed by students at the weekly necropsy conferences of the department. To obtain 3 credit units the student will be required to complete approximately 30 cases.

Permission of the instructor is required.


VTPA 875.3 — 1/2(1S-3C)
Diagnosis of Wildlife Diseases I

Introduces students to the necropsy and investigative techniques for the diagnosis of disease in wild mammals and birds. Under supervision, students will interpret and integrate gross and histological findings along with ancillary tests to provide diagnoses on a minimum of 25 cases. They are required to present one seminar on wildlife disease. The students will be given access to case material for self-study, in order to become familiar with common wildlife diseases.

Permission of instructor required.


VTPA 876.3 — 1/2(1S-3C)
Diagnosis of Wildlife Diseases II

Introduces students to the necropsy and investigative techniques for the diagnosis of disease in wild mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish. Under supervision, students will interpret and integrate gross and histological findings along with ancillary tests to provide diagnoses on a minimum of 35 cases. They are required to present one seminar on wildlife disease. The students will be given access to case material for self-study, in order to become familiar with common wildlife diseases.

Permission of instructor required.


VTPA 878.3
Veterinary Clinical Pathology for Veterinary Internal Medicine and Surgery Residents

The main objective of this course is to provide the student an opportunity to study the principles of cytology and clinical pathology as well as gain experience evaluating clinical case data. This course will meet the requirements of the ACVS and ACVIM for board preparation in the respective fields.

VTPA 879.3
Veterinary Anatomic Pathology for Veterinary Internal Medicine and Surgery Residents

The main objective of this course it to provide experience in anatomic pathology. This will be achieved by performing post-mortem examinations, histological evaluations of necropsy and biopsy specimens and review of principles of gross pathology. The course will meet the requirement of the ACSV and ACVIM for board preparation.

VTPA 898.3 — 1/2(2C-R)
Special Problems in Veterinary Pathology

A thorough study on a selected topic in veterinary pathology will be undertaken. May include examination of pathological material, tutorial sessions, collateral reading and presentation of a seminar.

VTPA 899.6 — 1&2(2C-R)
Special Problems in Veterinary Pathology

A thorough study on a selected topic in veterinary pathology will be undertaken. May include examination of pathological material, tutorial sessions, collateral reading and presentation of a seminar.

VTPA 980.0
Clinical Practice

Recognizes the many clinical activities of students in the program that may not be otherwise credited. Students are required to make satisfactory progress in this course to maintain full-time student status in the program.

VTPA 990
Seminar

A weekly noon-hour seminar in which proposed and ongoing research, interesting cases in diagnostic veterinary pathology, wildlife disease, and topics of special interest will be presented. All graduate students are required to register and present a research seminar annually. Graduate students registered in diagnostic courses are also required to present brief case reports.

VTPA 991 — 1&2(1S-1R)
Seminar in Pathology

A weekly mystery case-based seminar in anatomic and clinical pathology. All graduate students enrolled in diagnostic courses are required to register and attend on a regular basis. All other members of the Department are encouraged to review the case materials, attend, and participate in the discussion.

VTPA 992.0
Project

Students undertaking the M.Vet.Sc. must register in this course.

VTPA 994
Research

Students writing a M.Sc. thesis must register for this course.

VTPA 996
Research

Students writing a Ph.D. thesis must register for this course.